Private Security Guard Stopped Las Vegas Mass Killing

By Dean Weingarten

Private Security Guard Stopped Las Vegas Mass Killing
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona -( It was a heroic private security guard who stopped the mass killing coming from the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

In the timeline published yesterday, it was not clear if the security guard was accompanying the police, or ahead of them. Now we know. Undersheriff Kevin McMahill gave a briefing yesterday, 3 October, at 6 p.m.

In the briefing, Undersheriff McMahill details when the shooting ended. No more shots were fired at people outside the hotel after 10:19 p.m.

The information about the ending of the shooting is given between 3:17 and 5:30 on the video. McMahill releases these facts in remarkable agreement with what I concluded in yesterday’s article.

The mass killer started firing about 10:08. He fired for 9-11 minutes and a dozen or so volleys. He stopped firing at 10:19.

Four officers were working the Mandalay Bay at another event. They formed a team and were approaching the room on the 32nd floor. A heroic security guard was ahead of the police. Three cameras had been placed by the mass killer. Two were in the hallway, one in the room looking out the peephole. The guard was advancing toward the room when he was shot. The shooting stopped, just after the security guard was shot.

The mass killer shot him through the door. Although wounded, he was able to give details to the police, completing the identification of the room.

We do not know for certain if the security guard was armed. Some are, some are not. It seems likely that this guard was, but we do not know as yet. It appears the mass killer killed himself at this time. There are no further reports of gunshots until the SWAT Team blew down the door.

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The police were not far behind the private first responder. Given the radio traffic, the mass killer stopped shooting about 10:19. The four policemen report that they have a person with gunshot wounds at 10:21.


10:19 p.m.: A team of four officers makes their way into the hotel up to the 32nd floor. It’s unclear if the shooting is still going on.

10:21 p.m.: An out-of-breath officer yells over the radio: “Gunshot wounds to the chest and head. We need immediate medical!”

The maximum time between when the private security guard was shot and when the police arrived was two minutes. It may have been much less.

If it were one minute, that is about 10% of the time the mass killer was engaged in killing people. I believe the security guard saved lives with his prompt response.

The four officers who formed a team and responded immediately are also heroes.

They took the initiative and literally ran to the sound of the guns. Police are reactive by nature. The private security guard was on his home turf. He was the one who arrived first and stopped the slaughter. We often see this in mass killings. When confronted by an armed first responder, private or a public servant, the mass killings usually stop. A majority of the time the killer commits suicide, as happened in this case.

This article records 28 mass killings stopped by armed private citizens in the United States. Most did not make the FBI mass killing list because the armed individual stopped the slaughter before it reached the minimum of four deaths of innocents required by the FBI definition.

Police are the backup for armed private citizens. Armed citizens are often on the scene before police arrive. Police officers provide the force that keeps society together. A private armed citizen usually knows the police are on the way. He or she only has to deal with the situation long enough for the police to arrive.

A backup force is absolutely necessary to this equation.  It is possible the hero security guard would have died without police assistance. Without a sanctioned backup force, society devolves into tribal warfare. In colonial America, the backup force was the militia. Armed neighbors are still helpful. But most of our backup forces are police and sheriff departments.

It is unclear if Mandalay Bay has a policy forbidding guests from bringing firearms into the Hotel.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Trump's Blumpkin Buddy

I doubt a website like this will bother to issue a correction, as it would invalidate the idea that the security guard stopped him, but the police have since corrected the timeline to state that the security guard was shot prior to the gunman opening fire on the crowd and had nothing to do with why he stopped shooting. I’m not trying to take away from the heroism shown by the security guard, he did put his life in harms way to try and stop the shooter, but he wasn’t responsible for ending the massacre.

Thanks for your snarky comment but the timeline change has been report on by our news service 3days ago.


who really was the shooter/?


Good article Dean. There are a few big mouth cop haters that post here. Ignore them like we do.


The security guy hero have a name????

joe martin

The left and the media are rejoicing at this opportunity to push for gun control. I read several B.S. stories on CNN and NBC where they cited ridiculous numbers for gun deaths (400,000+) over the last 3 years and ridiculous claims regarding the weapons used. All this of course was deliberate in order to further incite and inflame the antis and capitalize on a horrific tragedy simply to push their agenda. Shame, shame on them.


And they obviously don’t give a rat’s a$$ about the folks who were slaughtered here either. They were just “deplorables” to them. I’m a deplorable too and proud of it. These folks were our bretheren and their deaths deserve to be avenged. The bloodshed in Vegas is on the hands of the left, including their media puppets.


This event was orchestrated by the leftist deep state as a means to begin taking away the 2nd amendment. There is no other logical explanation. Why in the hell would a guy on his own bring so many weapons up to the room to do what he did? WAY, WAY WAY over the top and totally unnecessary. Look at the lib media’s reporting now. It’s all about the legal modifications and number of legally purchased weapons. Pretty easy to figure out IMHO.


The article ends with the question — “It is unclear if Mandalay Bay has a policy forbidding guests from bringing firearms into the Hotel.” This is irrelevant. Is the author implying that if such a policy existed the shooter would have obeyed the “no guns” posting and the shooting would not have happened. I doubt Weingarten means to imply that so why end the article with the question? I’m just waiting for some jerk politician to pick up that idea and run with it.


If I may be so bold as to answer for Dean, I believe he is referring to the potential for a no gun policy that may disarm honest, law abiding guests who could have been staying in the rooms next door and who could have stopped the mass shooting 2 minutes after it began.

Trump's Blumpkin Buddy

As the article notes, the shooter had multiple cameras setup to monitor the hallway and was armed with multiple rifles. Any ‘good guy with a gun’ who attempted to approach and retaliate would have been shot and potentially killed by the gunman as this security guard was. The whole NRA backed idea of a ‘good guy with a gun’ is a fallacy that people need to stop repeating.

Wild Bill

@TBlumpkin, If you think that the idea that a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun should not be repeated, then the idea should probably be repeated twice as often. Snark monger.


Did you miss the part where the shooter died? If he hadn’t done it himself, then the good guys would have. How do you propose stopping a guy with a gun?

Wild Bill

, We stop them with positive waves, man! First we all concentrate on what a beautiful day it is. Then we focus our thoughts, in unison, on the flowers all around us… and other righteous things…


I think the FBI won’t release a motive until they accurately say he acted alone and by the looks of things (my two Cents) I don’t think he did all that alone he had to have help.

Andy Buckmichael

I am glad that there was someone in the building with intelligence. If it were not for him the ignorant cops would still be looking for the room.

DaChief 1

Your disrespect is only exceeded by your ignorance… if you or a family member ever need a cop, hopefully they are as brave and responsive as Las Vegas Metro was on Sunday !!


You are a douchebag. Security figured it out because of the smoke detector and obviously shared it. No one is omnipotent, but once these cops knew where to go they ran toward the danger. Next time you need one you’ll just be lucky that they don’t know how you feel about them. And even if they do know what a douchebag you are, they’ll still run to your aid.



I read your copsucking garbage again. The badged thugs are not there to protect the people paying the forced taxation that funds worthless police agencies.

Go sell your bullshit to the good, Marxist citizens of Chicago. Chicago, where the cops aren’t coming to rescue anyone ! Weingarten, you are full of it.


Lots of trolls today. Good work Dean. You’re making sender or they would still be hiding under their bridge.


well, THESE cops WERE there to protect and serve, and put their own lives on the line in this instance. I’ll bet a few hundred who were able to walk away from that concert are more than a little happy about that. No telling which ones of them would now be occupying a body bag at the morgue had the killer been able to launch one more mag full of lead into the crowd.

Take your rotten eggs elsewhere. Not needed here.


Well, unlike you, it doesn’t matter to us what his race is, only his motive.
Was he aggrieved for some reason?
Was it political?
Was he acting on behalf of a foreign ideology?
Was he under the influence of mind- or mood-altering drugs (the latter has been reported)?


This site if funny to me. Why isn’t this Mass shooter being called a thug a violent Criminal a terrorist??! This country and alot of you people who post on here a “very funny”.. if this guy was Asian, east Indian ,Hispanic, black or any other race other than older white guy self-respecting retiree, I wonder how this story would have been and I wonder what the comments would have looked like ..

Wayne Clark

@Whocares…That’s what gets you mad? Is it not enough that this crazed individual took it upon himself to play God with people’s lives but he’s not been given a supposedly, “bigoted title”? By definition, he’s not a “thug”…because a “thug” generally is after something that belongs to somone else & tries to take it by force, eg., looters, robbers, car jackers, etc. Now, he does fit the “violent criminal” & “terrorist” titles…in my book anyway. He became a violent criminal the minute he took the fist shot. He became a terrorist the second he devised this heinous plan. Race plays… Read more »


More likely he’s a political acitivst, trying to promote the plank of both Alinsky’s and Marx’ set of plans to destabilise and overtake any society. He’s trying to put the racism stick in the pot and stir…. what he don’t know is there ain’t nothing IN the pot he’s trying to stir. Personall, I’m even madder that he’s a “normal” white guy with no as yet known policital or idealogical associations. Tjhat makes it a huge questioin amrk. If he were a known/provable adherent of a specific group or idealogy, it would be eaiser to “peg” him and thus “explain”… Read more »


Another off topic troll. Keep up the good work, Dean.


Reactive, not reactionary.